A mix of cocaine paste, gasoline, kerosene and quicklime (calcium oxide) called Oxi or oxidado, "rust", comes from South America. It is reported to be twice as powerful as crack cocaine and just a fifth of the price, according to this report in the GuardianUK, with video.
"It is terrifying," said Alvaro Mendes, an outreach worker in Rio Branco from the state of Acre's Harm Reduction Association, the NGO that first detected the drug. "The majority of first-time users become addicted on their first contact with the drug. Most of them go seven to 10 days without sleeping, without eating. They start to go into a process of degeneration. After months of use … they go into a state where they look like zombies, wandering … in search of pleasure."
Described as a cheaper and deadlier successor to crack, oxi sells for about R$2 (75p) a rock and is smoked in pipes improvised from cans, pieces of piping and metal taps. According to Mendes, whose support group works with slum-dwellers, prostitutes, transvestites and homeless people who are hooked on the drug, oxi can kill within a year. [snip]
Oxi surfaced in the Amazonian border region between Brazil, Bolivia and Peru in the 1980s, and is said to have been originally used by a small number of hippies who came to the region to experiment with ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic plant native to the Amazon rainforest. [snip]
Mendes says users often suffer from paranoia, vomiting and uncontrollable bouts of diarrhoea. Tooth loss can happen within months. "I've never seen such violent scenes of drug use," he said. "It is very depressing." (continue reading at the GuardianUK, hat tip Marcus Wilder)
Read the entire article. The drug Oxi, oxidado, "rust", is quickly working its way from country-to-country. Heaven only know how quickly it will begin to show up in the United States.
At The Rio Times an editorial writer says "Someone has to be wicked poor, wicked uneducated, and wicked desperate to escape reality by smoking gasoline, acetone, and battery fluid – no matter how much cocaine it’s laced with." Unfortunately, that is not necessarily true. In reality addicts will use anything that gives them the high they desire, especially if it's cheap, and apparently Oxi, rust, is just that, more bang for the buck -- and a quicker path to the undertaker.